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[00:00:03]

IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE SAYING? WE HAVE SEVEN.

WE DO.

OKAY.

JUST KIDDING.

I FORGOT THAT.

UH, I HAVEN'T SEEN RICK YET.

THERE'S SEVEN COMMISSIONERS HERE AT THIS POINT.

I THINK THAT'S THAT'S QUORUM.

OKAY.

MADAM CHAIR.

THIS IS CHRIS HARRINGTON AT CITY HALL.

I THINK WE CAN GO AHEAD AND BEGIN.

I'VE EMAILED THE LINK TO, UH, COMMISSIONER BREMER.

SO HOPEFULLY HE'LL BE ABLE TO JOIN.

OKAY.

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL

[CALL TO ORDER]

COMMISSION, APRIL 7TH, 2021 AT 6:04 PM.

WE'LL HAVE ROLL CALL ANDREW KRILL.

HE'S ON THE LINE RIGHT HERE.

PAM THOMPSON HERE.

COMMISSIONER POINT HERE, HERE, COMMISSIONER BIXLER HERE.

UH, MR. COMMISSIONER BRISTOL.

ISN'T HERE TODAY.

COMMISSIONER RAMBERT, COMMISSIONER GUERRERO HERE.

COMMISSIONER BREMMER IS COMING ON BOARD SOON.

COMMISSIONER BEDFORD HERE.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, WHEN, UH, COMMISSIONER GRIMMER IS ABLE TO COME ON, WE'LL HAVE HIM INTRODUCE HIMSELF, I GUESS, AT THE END OF THE MEETING.

UM, HE'S OUR NEW COMMISSIONER WITH, UH, DISTRICT 10.

ALRIGHT.

UH, FIRST ITEM ON OUR

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND ACTION]

AGENDA IS APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM MARCH 3RD, 2021.

MADAM CHAIR.

THIS IS GRANBERG.

I MOVED TO APPROVE THE MINUTES.

I HEARD COMMISSIONER BEDFORD AS WELL.

I'M GOING TO HAVE HIM AS THE SECOND.

ANY OTHER FURTHER DISCUSSION? ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE, OR RAISE YOUR HAND.

SO THEN I'LL KNOW IN AGREEMENT, MOTION CARRIES.

OH, OKAY.

NEXT ON OUR AGENDA.

WE

[2a. Update on Kinder Morgan Permian Highway Pipeline]

HAVE SEVERAL UPDATES FROM OUR ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER.

UH, MR. HARRINGTON, WOULD YOU LIKE TO START WITH A THANK YOU? MADAM CHAIR, CHRIS HARRINGTON, ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER.

SO I DO HAVE A COUPLE UPDATES BEGINNING WITH ITEM TWO, A AN UPDATE ON THE KINDER MORGAN PERMIAN HIGHWAY PIPELINE.

SO IF YOU RECALL, UM, THIS IS A 42 INCH, UH, NATURAL GAS PIPELINE TO BRING NATURAL GAS FROM WEST TEXAS DOWN TO THE GULF.

IN JUNE OF 2019 CITY COUNCIL PASSED A RESOLUTION, OPPOSING THE PIPELINE AND AUTHORIZING A CITY STAFF TO CON CONTRACT WITH OUTSIDE ATTORNEYS, UM, TO JOIN WITH OTHER PARTIES IN OPPOSITION TO THE PIPELINE, UM, FOR MULTIPLE THINGS, INCLUDING IN PART, UH, POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS OF THE FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT.

SO THAT LAWSUIT HAS EFFECTIVELY COME TO A CONCLUSION.

NOW, THE DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, UH, UH, PITTMAN, UH, HAD BASICALLY DENIED OUR MOTIONS FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION TO HALT THE PIPELINE, UM, BEFORE IT WAS CONSTRUCTED SAYING THAT NO HARM HAD YET OCCURRED THEN, UM, INSTEAD OF RULING ON THE MERITS, THE PIPELINE CONTINUED WITH CONSTRUCTION TO THE POINT WHERE NOW IT'S SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE IN THE GROUND.

AND SO SINCE IT DID CROSS THE BLINKO RIVER WATERSHED AND CROSS THE EDWARDS AQUIFER AND AN AREA KNOWN TO PROVIDE RECHARGE TO BARTON SPRINGS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, WE WEREN'T CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACTS OF THE PIPELINE.

UM, HOWEVER, NOW THE JUDGE HAS GRANTED KINDER MORGAN'S MOTIONS TO DISMISS THE LAWSUIT BECAUSE THE PIPELINE IS COMPLETE SO EFFECTIVELY.

WE WEREN'T ABLE TO STOP IT BECAUSE NO HARM HAD OCCURRED.

AND THEN NOW THAT THE PIPELINE IS IN THE GROUND, UM, THE LAWSUIT IS MOOT, UH, ACCORDING TO THE JUDGE.

SO WE ARE NOT SEEING MUCH IN THE WAY OF, UH, OPTIONS FOR APPEAL.

UM, WE WILL, OF COURSE CONTINUE OUR ROBUST MONITORING AT BARTON SPRINGS AND, UH, IN COLLABORATION WITH OUR PARTNERS IN THE GROUNDWATER DISTRICTS, UM, THE WELLS OUT IN THE RECHARGE ZONE, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE AREN'T ADVERSE IMPACTS.

BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT IS PROBABLY THE CONCLUSION OF OUR LEGAL BATTLE THERE.

THAT IS ALL, UNLESS YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS HEARING NONE I'LL PROCEED ON THEN

[2b. Update on the Sawyer-Cleveland Partnership application for a discharge permit to the Long Branch Tributary of Barton Creek]

TO, TO BE, WE DO HAVE A FULL AGENDA, SO I'LL MOVE QUICKLY.

AND I KNOW THAT YOU'VE PROBABLY SEEN INFORMATION, UM, IN THE LOCAL MEDIA

[00:05:01]

ABOUT A NEW DISCHARGE PERMIT APPLICATION, UH, TO THE LONG BRANCH TRIBUTARY OF BARTON CREEK.

SO, UH, ITEM TWO B I JUST LIKE TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE THERE THE SEVERAL YEARS AGO, THE SAWYER CLEVELAND PARTNERSHIP APPLIED FOR A DISCHARGE PERMIT, UM, NEAR US TWO 90 AT SAWYER RANCH ROAD.

UH, THEY WERE INITIALLY SEEKING AUTHORIZATION TO DISCHARGE APPROXIMATELY 92,000 GALLONS OF TREATED WASTEWATER EFFLUENT TO THE LONG BRANCH TRIBUTARY, WHICH IS IN THE CONTRIBUTING ZONE, UH, AND DOES FLOW INTO THE MAIN BODY OF BARTON CREEK.

UH, THE CITY OF AUSTIN THROUGH OUR WATER QUALITY PROTECTION LANDS DOES HAVE A CONSERVATION EASEMENT ON ABOUT HALF OF THE SHIELD RANCH, UM, WHICH IS, DOES CONTAIN THE LONG RANGE TRIBUTARY AND, UM, SOME FRONTAGE ON BARTON CREEK.

WE'VE DONE SOME MODELING AND WE'VE DONE WATER QUALITY SAMPLING OF THE TRIB.

AND NOW THE TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS ISSUED A DRAFT TO AUTHORIZE 45,000 GALLONS PER DAY OF DISCHARGE.

THEY DID INCLUDE, UM, RELATIVELY STRINGENT NUTRIENT LIMITS FOR NITROGEN AND PHOSPHOROUS, BUT STILL NOT ENOUGH TO PREVENT DEGRADATION OF THAT TRIBUTARY.

SO WE HAVE DONE WATER QUALITY SIMULATION MODELS.

WE DO PREDICT THAT THE IMPACT, IF THE PERMIT WAS ISSUED IN TERMS OF EXCESS ALGAE GROWTH ON THE LONG BRANCH TRIBUTARY WOULD BE, UH, UNACCEPTABLE TO US AND CONTRARY TO EXISTING COUNCIL POLICY REGARDING, UH, POSING DISCHARGE PERMITS IN THE CONTRIBUTING ZONE AND OF BARTON SPRINGS OF THE BARTON SPRINGS SEGMENT OF THE EDWARDS AQUIFER.

SO WE ARE PREPARING A COMMENT LETTER AND WE'LL SEND THAT TO TCEQ ALONG WITH OUR MODELING.

THERE IS A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE DISCHARGE PERMIT ON APRIL 20TH.

SO THIS IS JUST AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING.

IF THE COMMISSION HAS ANY QUESTIONS, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM.

THIS WILL BE A LONG PROCESS, UH, AS WE ARE USED TO, UH, THE, THESE CONTESTED CASE HEARINGS CAN TAKE QUITE A WHILE.

THE IMPACTS ARE LIMITED SOLELY TO THE LONG RANGE TRIBUTARY, ACCORDING TO OUR MODEL, THEY DON'T GO FARTHER DOWN IN THE MAIN BODY OF BARTON CREEK, BUT WE ARE OBVIOUSLY VERY INTERESTED AND WILL FULLY PARTICIPATE.

SO I DON'T KNOW THAT WE NEED ANY ACTION FROM THE COMMISSION ON THIS ONE, BUT WE'LL OBVIOUSLY KEEP YOU UP TO DATE, UM, AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

ANY QUESTIONS ON THAT ITEM? I HAVE A QUESTION ONE DAY.

SURE.

THANK YOU.

UM, CAUSE SINCE IT GOES UNDERNEATH THE HIGHWAY, DO YOU THINK THAT WE SHOULD ALERT, UM, THE HIGHWAY THERE AND ASK BECAUSE I KNOW THEY HAVE RATHER STRINGENT, UM, RULES ABOUT, UM, THINGS.

SO I'M WONDERING IF, IF ANYONE HAS CONTACTED THE HIGHWAY THAT IT GOES UNDER TH THAT WOULD BE THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RIGHT AWAY, COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

SO TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, NO, NO ONE HAS SPECIFICALLY CONTACTED TXDOT.

IT IS, UH, THE CULVERT UNDER TWO 90, THERE IS OF A SIGNIFICANT SIZE, CERTAINLY RELATIVE TO WHAT IS ACTUALLY A RELATIVELY SMALL VOLUME OF WATER, THE 45,000 GALLONS PER DAY.

UM, I WILL SHARE THAT WITH OUR REGIONAL CONTACTS AT TXDOT AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE AWARE OF THE PERMIT OF THE DRAFT PERMIT.

I THINK IT WOULD HAVE MORE WEIGHT COMING FROM YOU GUYS THAN IT WOULD FROM ME.

BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

GOOD TRADITION.

AND THEN MOVING ON TO THE THIRD ITEM, JUST TO KEEP THE, UH, OH, SORRY.

WAS THERE ANOTHER QUESTION? OH, SO OUR THIRD ITEM JUST

[2c. Update on State Legislative Matters]

UPDATE ON STATE LEGISLATIVE MATTERS.

SO YOU SHOULD BE GETTING REGULAR EMAILS FROM OUR INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICER BRIEF FRANCO ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON OF LEGISLATIVE INTEREST TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN RELATIVE TO OUR COUNCIL APPROVED LEGISLATIVE AGENDA.

IF YOU ARE NOT, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AND I'LL MAKE SURE THAT YOU WERE ADDED TO THAT LIST.

UM, JUST, I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT A FEW BILLS THAT WE'VE EITHER RECEIVED QUESTIONS ABOUT, UM, AND, OR ARE A PARTICULAR CONCERN.

AND SO ONE OF THESE ARE THE KIND OF WHAT WE'RE REFERRING TO AS THE LAKE AUSTIN DIS ANNEXATION BILLS.

SO THIS IS HOUSE BILL 1653 BY CRADDICK, AND THE SENATE COMPANION IS SB SIX, FIVE NINE BY BUCKINGHAM.

UH, WHAT THESE BILLS WOULD EFFECTIVELY DO ALLOW ARE CERTAIN PROPERTIES IN PARTICULAR, ALONG LAKE AUSTIN.

UH, BUT OTHER PEOPLE THAT ARE WITHIN THE LIMITED PURPOSE JURISDICTION TO DESCENDANTS FROM OUR JURISDICTION, WHICH WOULD MEAN THEN THAT IN PARTICULAR, OUR LAKE AUSTIN ZONING REGULATIONS THAT PROTECT THE SHORELINE OF LAKE AUSTIN AND ARE THE MEANS BY WHICH WE REGULATE DOCKS.

UM, THOSE WOULD NO LONGER APPLY.

SO WE ARE OF COURSE, VERY INTERESTED IN FOLLOWING THESE WE'VE TESTIFIED ON THESE BILLS AT THE LEGISLATURE,

[00:10:01]

IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE.

UM, WE'RE VERY CONCERNED LAKE AUSTIN IS THE DRINKING WATER SUPPLY FOR OVER A MILLION CENTRAL TEXANS OR IT'S PART OF THE RESERVOIR SYSTEM THAT AUSTIN WATER UTILIZES FOR.

UH, AGAIN, A MILLION CENTRAL TEXANS, THE SHORELINE OF LAKE AUSTIN IS VALUED IN TERMS OF RECREATIONALISTS THAT IT BENEFITS ALONE AT A BILLION DOLLARS, THESE PROPERTIES ON AVERAGE, OR HAVE A PROPERTY VALUE OF ABOUT FIVE TIMES.

UM, WHAT IS THE MEDIAN HOME PRICE IN AUSTIN? SO THESE ARE SIGNIFICANTLY HIGH PRICED HOMES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN PAYING TAXES, PROPERTY, TEXAS, TO THE CITY FOR THE PURPOSES OR FOR THE PORTIONS OF THEIR PROPERTY THAT ARE FULL PURPOSE TODAY.

AND SO IF THEY'RE IN LIMITED PURPOSE, THEY CAN VOTE IN CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS, BUT THEY DO NOT PAY PROPERTY TAX.

IF THEY HAVE ANY PORTION OF THEIR PROPERTY AND FULL PURPOSE, THEN FOR THAT PORTION, THEY PAY PROPERTY TAX.

SO IT CONSTITUTES ABOUT $3 MILLION OF PROPERTY TAX REVENUE TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

THE CONCERN HERE AGAIN IS THAT ALMOST 40% OF THE SHORELINE OF LAKE AUSTIN IS LIMITED PURPOSE.

AND SO NOT ONLY WOULD THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE FULL PURPOSE, UM, AND THAT WERE NOT PREVIOUSLY PAYING CITY PROPERTY TAX PRIOR TO 2019, NOT ONLY WOULD THEY BE ABLE TO DISCONNECT, BUT THE 40% IN LIMITED PURPOSE COULD ALSO DISCONNECT SUCH THAT OUR ZONING REGULATIONS WOULD NOT APPLY THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY DOES NOT REGULATE DOCKS ON LAKE AUSTIN.

AND TRAVIS COUNTY HAS NO EQUIVALENT RULES TO OUR LAKE AUSTIN ZONING REGULATIONS.

SO SINCE 1891, WHEN THE STATE LEGISLATURE AUTHORIZED AUSTIN TO ANNEX THESE AREAS, AND THAT IS 1891, UH, FOR THE PURPOSES OF WATER QUALITY PROTECTION, THE REST OF AUSTIN HAS SUBSIDIZED THAT UNTIL COUNCIL PASSED THE ORDINANCE IN 2019, BUT NOW THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE CONCERNED THAT SINCE THEY DO NOT RECEIVE FULL SERVICE, UH, THAT THEY COULD DISCONNECT.

SO WE ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THESE BILLS AND I JUST WANTED TO PUT THEM ON YOUR, THE OTHER, THE SECOND BILL THAT WE ARE PARTICULARLY WATCHING IS HOUSE BILL 1683 BY LAND GRAPH.

UH, YOU MAY HAVE SEEN THIS ONE IN THE PAPER, THIS PROHIBITS ANYONE FROM ASSISTING THE FEDERAL AGENT IN THE ENFORCEMENT OF ANY LAW THAT WOULD REGULATE OIL AND GAS, UM, THAT DOESN'T HAVE A EQUIVALENT UNDER STATE LAW.

SO THE FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT HAS A NO EQUIVALENT UNDER TEXAS STATE LAW.

AND SO OUR CONCERN IS THAT WE DO HAVE AN OBLIGATION UNDER OUR PERMIT TO OPERATE BARTON SPRINGS, THAT WE WOULD PARTICIPATE IN ANY REGIONAL ACTION THAT AFFECTS THE QUALITY OR QUANTITY OF WATER AND BARTON SPRINGS, WHICH WOULD INCLUDE OIL AND GAS JUST AS WE DID FOR THE KINDER MORGAN PERMIAN HIGHWAY PIPELINE LAWSUIT.

AND SO IF WE DID THAT, WE WOULD BE AT RISK OF LOSING ALL STATE GRANT FUNDING TO THE CITY.

SO WE HAVE TESTIFIED ON THAT BILL.

WE ARE WORKING WITH THE AUTHOR CHAIR LAND GRAPH TO ADD IN SOME ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE THAT WOULD MAKE SURE WE WOULD BE ABLE TO MEET OUR FEDERAL PERMIT OBLIGATIONS WITHOUT RISK OF LOSING OUR STATE FUNDING.

BUT WE JUST WANTED TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF THAT ONE, BUT IT IS ALL NOT, IT'S NOT ALL BAD NEWS.

UM, THERE ARE SOME VERY GOOD BILLS THAT WE'RE WATCHING, UH, KING OF U VALLEY HAS FILED HOUSE BILL 41 46, WHICH HAS A SENATE COMPANION 1747 BY SENATOR ZEPHYR RINI.

THESE ARE REFERRED TO AS THE PRISTINE WATERS BILLS.

AND SO FOR CERTAIN HIGH QUALITY WATERS THAT WOULD INCLUDE BARTON AND ONION CREEK TCQ WOULD NO LONGER BE ABLE TO ISSUE DISCHARGE PERMITS, UM, BASED ON EXISTING STATE DATA.

AND SO, UH, WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THESE BILLS.

UNFORTUNATELY, THEY WOULD NOT APPLY TO THE SAWYER CLEVELAND DISCHARGE PERMIT THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER BECAUSE THAT PERMIT APPLICATION IS ALREADY IN, BUT FOR FUTURE PERMITS, IT WOULD PROVIDE THAT PROTECTION FROM THE DIRECT DISCHARGE OF TREATED EFFLUENT FOR THE MOST HIGH QUALITY WATERS IN THE STATE OF TEXAS.

SO THAT'S SOME ENCOURAGING NEWS.

THAT'S ALL.

AGAIN, NOTE NO ACTION IS NECESSARY FROM THE COMMISSION, SINCE THESE ARE ALL PART OF OUR CITY'S LEGISLATIVE AGENDA AND WE'RE COORDINATING, UH, WITH OUR NON-GOVERNMENTAL PARTNERS, UH, AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS IN THE CITY TO INFLUENCE THESE BILLS, SUPPORT THEM OR OPPOSE THEM CONSISTENT WITH THE COUNCIL'S LEGISLATIVE AGENDA.

BUT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM.

I HAVE ONE QUESTION CHRIS, OR, WELL, TWO QUESTIONS.

UH, THE LAST ONE YOU TALKED ABOUT A WHATSAPP, BERNIE IS LEADING ON, IS WHAT, WHERE IS THAT BILL RIGHT NOW? DID MAKE IT TO THE COMMITTEE OR IS IT YEAH.

DO YOU KNOW? I BELIEVE THAT IT WAS SCHEDULED FOR HEARING ON MONDAY MORNING, SO THEY HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON THE HOUSE SIDE, AT LEAST.

UH, I KNOW THAT, UH, TRACY KING'S BILL WAS SET FOR A HEARING IN THE HOUSE, ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS COMMITTEE ON MONDAY.

SO NOT SURE ABOUT SENATORS BILL, BUT I'LL CHECK ON THAT.

OKAY.

OH, OKAY.

YEAH.

AND THEN I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE ALSO MENTIONING WHEN WE USE LEGISLATIVE UPDATES, ANY OF THE CLIMATE RELATED BILLS ON ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

I KNOW THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE ON CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN, UM, STEERING AND AT THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE.

BUT, UM, I, I DID JUST WANT TO CHECK AND SEE IF YOU KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT SB 1261,

[00:15:01]

WHICH IS THAT BILL THAT WOULD DISALLOW ALLOW MUNICIPALITIES, UM, FROM REGULATING ANY GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.

SO IT BASICALLY SAYS THAT THE ONLY THE STATE CAN REGULATE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.

SO IT WOULD BASICALLY MAKE ALL MUNICIPAL CLIMATE ACTION PLANS, NOLAN VOID.

UM, I KNOW THAT THAT'S LEFT PENDING IN COMMITTEE, BUT DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THAT ONE? YES.

VICE CHAIR, A COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE WAS JUST FILED FOR THAT BILL AND DAN ALEPPO IN OUR WATERSHED.

UM, LEGISLATIVE LIAISON HAS REVIEWED IT.

IT DID AMEND IT TO NOT INCLUDE INDIRECTLY.

SO THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE IN THE BILL WAS WE COULD NOT REGULATE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS.

SO THEY REMOVED THE INDIRECT PORTION, UM, WHICH DOES FURTHER LIMIT THE IMPACT OF THE BILL.

SO THAT'S POSITIVE NEWS.

UM, BUT WE KNOW THAT, UH, OUR FRIENDS IN THE OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY ARE COORDINATING WITH OUR INTER-GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICE ABOUT THAT BILL.

THERE ARE SOME POSITIVE BILLS ABOUT CLIMATE PLANNING THAT AFFECT MULTIPLE AGENCIES THAT WE ARE ALSO TRACKING.

UM, THERE'S ALSO THE PREEMPTION BILL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT US FROM, UH, RESTRICTING THE NATURAL GAS CONNECTIONS, NEW NATURAL GAS CONNECTIONS.

AND SO, UH, THE, THE SUSTAINABILITY OFFICERS DEFINITELY, UH, PARTICIPATING IN THOSE BILLS.

I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE CHRIS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SAME THING, CAUSE THE DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY I THOUGHT WAS ABOUT REGULATING THE SOURCE OF ENERGY.

SO WHETHER OR NOT YOU COULD REGULATE, YOU KNOW, RENEWABLE VERSUS NON-RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES FOR UTILITY PROVIDERS.

AND I'M TALKING ABOUT THE ONE THAT IS SPECIFICALLY GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REGULATION.

UM, THE ONE THAT ONE I BELIEVE IS, UH, SENATOR BIRDWELLS SB ONE, TWO SIX ONE.

AND SO THAT, THAT WAS THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE.

THAT IS THE DIRECTOR INDIRECT.

THAT WAS THE INDIRECT WAS JUST REMOVED.

OKAY.

JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE.

THANKS, CHRIS.

THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR.

HI, THIS IS, UH, COMMISSIONER BARRETT.

FIXLER UM, CHRIS, IS THERE A GOOD PLACE TO, UM, GET THE LIST OF THESE BILLS? I THINK I MISSED THE, THE, UM, NUMBER FOR THE FIRST ONE THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT AND I, I JUST DOUBLE-CHECK THE AGENDA AND I DIDN'T SEE IT NOTED IN THERE UNLESS I MISSED IT.

SO I JUST WANTED TO TRACK IT AND I, UM, ABSOLUTELY NOW, OR I DUNNO, FOLLOW UP, UM, THE EMR OR DO YOU, DO YOU HAVE IT POSTED? I, I, UH, IT'S NOT POSTED, UM, THINGS ARE RELATIVELY FLUID IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, SO IT'S HARD TO DO THAT IN ADVANCE, BUT, UM, THOSE LAKE AUSTIN BILLS THAT I FIRST MENTIONED IT'S HOUSE BILL ONE SIX, FIVE, THREE BY SPEAKER CRADDICK AND SENATE BILL S SO SB SIX, FIVE, NINE BY BUCKINGHAM.

AND SO, UH, BUT WE DO HAVE A LIST OF SEVERAL HUNDRED BILLS THAT WATERSHED HAS ANALYZED.

AND I WILL ASK DANA TO SEND THOSE TO THE COMMISSION SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THE FULL LIST OF BILLS.

CAUSE THERE ARE A LOT THAT WE'RE KEEPING TABS ON.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, CHRIS.

WE HAVE A LOT OF BUBBLING UP WITH THE LEGISLATURE RIGHT NOW AND I APPRECIATE YOU GIVING US THIS DETAILED INFORMATION AND HOPEFULLY EACH MEETING YOU WILL CONTINUE TO UPDATE US.

YES MA'AM.

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE ON TO, UH, ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION

[3a. Presentation on Central Williamson Creek Greenway Vision Plan]

AND POSSIBLE ACTION.

THREE, A FIRST OF ALL, IS THERE ANYONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THREE A YES.

MA'AM WE HAVE TWO SPEAKERS REGISTERED, TWO PEOPLE REGISTERED.

OKAY.

UH, DO WE WANT TO HEAR THEM NOW OR AFTERWARDS? NO, MA'AM I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE, UM, TAKE STAFF PRESENTATION FIRST AND WE'RE GETTING THEM LOADED.

OKAY.

VERY GOOD.

SO, UH, THIS, UH, THREE A IS A PRESENTATION ON CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENWAY VISION PLAN.

I BELIEVE YOU'RE GOING TO RATE YOURSELF ON THIS POINT.

AND SO I'M GOING TO ADD HERE, MY VIDEO OFF I'LL BE BACK.

GREAT.

THANK YOU.

HELLO COMMISSIONERS.

UM, CAN WE GET THE POWERPOINT PULLED UP PLEASE? GREAT.

THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING, COMMISSIONERS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

MY NAME IS COMMUNITY COORDINATOR AT COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP, AND WE ARE AN AUSTIN BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS ALONGSIDE COMMUNITIES TO CREATE POWERFUL AND EQUITABLE PLACES.

AND WE DO THIS THROUGH COLLABORATIVE PLANNING, COMMUNITY DRIVEN RESEARCH AND SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGN.

[00:20:01]

AND IN THE SPIRIT OF OUR COLLABORATIVE WORKING GROUP MODEL, WE HAVE A FEW PRESENTERS TONIGHT WHO WILL TALK ABOUT THE CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENWAY VISION PLAN, INCLUDING TO GIBSON CONSERVATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT AND CITY WORKING GROUP MEMBER, STEVE PRATER, SOUTHWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD, RESIDENT, AND COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP MEMBER AND CLAIRE EDELMAN, HEATH PROJECT MANAGER WITH US ACARA ROBINSON.

AND TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ON THIS PROJECT IN 2017, OUR ORGANIZATION COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP WAS APPROACHED BY LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS TO SUPPORT A PROCESS THAT WOULD ENABLE RESIDENTS TO RE-IMAGINE THE GREEN SPACE ALONG CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK AS A RESILIENT, HEALTHY AND CONNECTED GREENWAY.

AND SINCE THEN WE HAVE BEEN BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND WORKING ALONGSIDE SOUTHWOOD AND HEARTWOOD NEIGHBORHOODS, INCLUDING HOMEOWNERS, RENTERS, AND INDIVIDUALS, RECREATION, ADVOCATES, AND CITY DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVES THROUGH AN ENGAGED PROCESS THAT CONTINUES TODAY OVER THE LAST YEAR COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP HAS FACILITATED THE CONVENING OF AN EIGHT MEMBER COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP TO BRING LOCAL VOICES AND PERSPECTIVES TO THE TABLE.

ALONG WITH THE CITY WORKING GROUP COMPOSED OF STAFF FROM MULTIPLE CITY OF AUSTIN DEPARTMENTS AND LOCAL STAFF FROM THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.

AND THE GOAL OF THIS CONVENING HAS BEEN TO BUILD LONG-TERM COLLABORATIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS.

AND NOW I'LL PASS IT OFF TO LEAH GIBSON FROM THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WHO WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE CITY WORKING GROUP.

THANK YOU.

I'M LEAH GIBSON AND I'M A LAND MANAGER WITH WATERSHED PROTECTION.

I OVERSEE AND COORDINATE LAND MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON WATERSHED PROPERTIES.

MANY OF WHICH HAPPENED TO BE BY OUTSIDES AS A PART OF MY ROLE.

I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING MANAGEMENT PLANS THAT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE OPINIONS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHILE BALANCING THE NEED FOR OUR DEPARTMENT TO FULFILL OUR MISSION AREAS.

WE TYPICALLY LAUNCH OUR OWN OUTREACH EFFORTS, BUT IN THE CASE OF THESE BUYOUTS, ALONG THE SEGMENT OF WILLIAMSON CREEK, WE'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THIS VISION PLANNING TEAM STARTING IN 2019 AND PARTICIPATING IN A PROCESS LIKE THIS, WHERE, UM, THEY'RE USING MULTIPLE STRATEGIES TO ENGAGE A COMMUNITY DURING A YEAR.

THAT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT TIMES FOR ENGAGEMENT HAS PROVIDED US WITH A WELL-ROUNDED COLLECTION OF FEEDBACK THAT HELPS SUPPORT OUR OWN OUTREACH EFFORTS.

AND THROUGH THIS PROCESS, WE'VE ALSO BEEN ABLE TO HAVE MEANINGFUL AND TRANSPARENT DISCUSSIONS WITH PARTICIPANTS ABOUT PROCESS REGULATORY OR BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS THAT MAY APPLY TO CERTAIN IDEAS OR PROJECTS THAT ARE PROPOSED IN THE PLAN.

AND WHILE WE SUPPORT THE OUTCOMES OF THE VISION PLANNING PROCESS, AND WE SUPPORT THE IDEAS PROPOSED, I DO WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT ANY, THAT ADDITIONAL ENGAGEMENT WILL BE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO MOVE FORWARD WITH IMPLEMENTING MANY OF THE PROJECTS THAT ARE PROPOSED AND WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE COULD VARY.

BUT WE ENCOURAGE THIS PLAN TO BE AN ONGOING CONVERSATION BETWEEN CITY STAFF, NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS, AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE NEXT STEPS TOGETHER.

UM, SO I WILL PASS IT TO STEVE NEXT.

THANKS LEE.

THANKS.

EXCUSE ME.

MY NAME'S STEVE AND I'VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK WORKING GROUP OVER THE PAST YEAR.

AND THIS VISION PLAN THAT WE'RE PRESENTING IS THE CULMINATION OF SEVERAL YEARS OF WORK BY NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS AND VOLUNTEER GROUPS.

THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF 58 ACRES OF PARKLAND AND 16 ACRES OF FLOODPLAIN BUYOUT PROPERTIES ALONG THE CREEK.

AND SOME OF THE TRIBUTARIES FROM MINNETONKA ROAD TO SOUTH CONGRESS ALSO WANT TO MENTION FOR THE RECORD THAT I RECENTLY STARTED A PART-TIME POSITION IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN PARKS DEPARTMENT, AND WILL BE TRANSITIONING OUT OF MY ROLE IN THIS COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP.

SO, UM, FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, RESIDENTS HAVE DISCUSSED AND IMAGINED WAYS TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT THIS CORRIDOR AND MAKE IT MORE CONNECTED AND ACCESSIBLE WHERE POSSIBLE WE'VE DONE CREEK CLEANUPS, ACS INVASIVE SPECIES REMOVALS AND HOSTED COMMUNITY POTLUCKS AND NATURE WALKS TO COMMUNITY GARDENS OR ESTABLISHED IN ADDITION TO WILDFLOWER MEADOWS AND THE TOM DONOVAN TRAIL IN 2019 COMMUNITY LEADERS IN THE SOUTHWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERED WITH SEVERAL VOLUNTEER GROUPS AND NONPROFITS, WHICH INCLUDED COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP, PUBLIC GREENING WHILE THE NATURE CONSERVANCY AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOR PUBLIC EVENTS WERE HELD CALLED EXPLORE WILLIAMSON CREEK, WHICH WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO CONNECT AND DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITIES AND CHALLENGES.

ALSO WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF RESIDENTS LIVING IN THE RICHMOND TRIBUTARY BUYOUT AREA TO DETERMINE PREFERENCES AND CONCERNS ABOUT THE BUYOUT PROPERTIES.

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AND IN 2019, THE RESULTS OF A HEALTHY PARK STUDY WAS PUBLISHED BY THE ST DAVID'S FOUNDATION AND THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND AND THE NEIGHBORHOODS ADJACENT TO CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK WE'RE RATED AS HIGHLY DEFICIENT AND USABLE PARKLAND.

AND IN 2020, A GRANT WAS AWARDED BY THE FOUNDATION TO THE NATURE CONSERVANCY FOR THE PURPOSE OF CREATING A VISION PLAN FOR THE GREENWAY.

AND LATER IN RFQ WAS ISSUED AND ALSO KURT ROBINSON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS WERE BROUGHT ON BOARD THAT COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP MADE UP OF RESIDENTS ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY WERE SELECTED TO HELP ENGAGE AND GATHER INPUT FROM RESIDENTS.

THE CITY WORKING GROUP OF STAFF FROM PRIMARILY WATERSHED PROTECTION AND PARKS WERE INVOLVED IN THE VISION PLANNING PROCESS AS PART OF THE GOAL AND BUILDING LONG-TERM COLLABORATIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN COMMUNITIES AND PUBLIC LAND MANAGERS THROUGHOUT THE PLANNING PROCESS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND CITY STAFF WERE PLACED ON EQUAL FOOTING AS A WAY TO BALANCE COMMUNITY PRIORITIES WITH THE LOWEST POSSIBLE IMPACT TO THE SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT, A SERIES OF ONLINE PUBLIC EVENTS, STORYTELLING ACTIVITIES, AND INFORMAL CREEK CHATS OR HELD ONLINE AND AT SOCIALLY DISTANCE, POP-UPS WHERE YOUR PARTICIPANTS COULD PICK UP A PACK OF PRINTED MATERIALS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH AND AN EFFORT TO BE TRANSPARENT AND INCLUSIVE.

THE PUBLIC COULD VIEW THE PLAN AS IT EVOLVED ONLINE AND MAKE COMMENTS TO THE SOCIAL PINPOINT MAP AND VOTE ON WHICH IDEAS SHOULD BE PRIORITIZED IN THE VISION PLAN WITH CREEK IDEAL CARDS.

THE END RESULT WAS A COMMUNITY LED PROCESS WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND LOCAL NONPROFITS.

WITH THAT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO CLAIRE EDELMAN, HEATH WITH OSCAR ROBINSON.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THESE, UM, HELLO, I'M CLAIRE.

I DON'T EVEN HEAT.

THE SEATS SAID I'M A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT WITH AFRICA AND ROBINSON, AND I'VE BEEN FORTUNATE TO BE THE PROJECT MANAGER FOR THE CENTRILLION'S INCREASED PRECISION PLAN.

UM, IF I COULD ASK OUR HOST TO ADVANCE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO WE'LL BEGIN BY, UM, JUST TAKING A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BEAUTY THAT'S CURRENTLY IN THE GREENWAY.

UM, THIS IS, UH, A PHOTO FROM LAST SUMMER.

THEY'LL ADVANCE ONE MORE SLIDE, AND THIS IS ANOTHER, UM, A BIT FURTHER IN ANOTHER SECTION, THE GREENWAY, AND AS GLIMPSE SAID, SOME OF THE RIM ROCK THAT WE'VE GOTTEN TO SEE, UM, THE DANCE ONE MORE PLEASE.

AND HERE'S A SHORT OUTLINE OF SOME OF THE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT THAT'S USED, UH, DESCRIBED, UM, AND MANY, MANY ACTIVITIES THAT WENT INTO THIS PROCESS PLACE.

AND THEN, UM, TAKING A LOOK AT THE, UH, DESIGN PROCESS.

UM, SO MOVING FROM WHAT STEVE DESCRIBED AND THEN KIND OF GIVING A VISUAL TIMELINE FROM THE LAST 10 TO 11 MONTHS, UM, WE BEGAN WITH AN IN-DEPTH SITE INVENTORY AND ANALYSIS, UH, WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY CITY AND, UM, AND ALSO KEY STAKEHOLDERS SUCH AS THE NATURE CONSERVANCY TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THE SITE.

UM, FROM THERE WE MOVED INTO DEVELOPING FOUR GOALS.

UM, THESE ARE REALLY THE VISION STATEMENTS FOR CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENWAY.

UM, THAT PROCESS, UH, FROM THAT PROCESS AND ANOTHER MAPPING EXERCISE, WE, UM, HEARD OF OUR BEST AMOUNT OF IDEAS OR THE GREEN WAY.

WE, UM, TOOK THOSE IDEAS AND PRESENTED THEM BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.

I'VE PROVIDED THEM TO THE COMMUNITY WITH LOTS OF, UM, INPUT AND HOW THAT THEY WOULD CORRESPOND TO THE VISION STATEMENT, UM, WORKING THROUGH WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE CITY TO UNDERSTAND WHICH IDEAS WERE BEST SUITED FOR THE GREENWAY ITSELF.

ONCE WE HAD A CLEAR PICTURE OF THAT, THEN WE BEGAN TO APPLY THOSE IDEAS TO THE GREENWAY, TO PHYSICAL LOCATIONS.

AND FOR THE LAST FOUR MONTHS, WE'VE BEEN REFINING THAT AND REPRESENTING THAT AND TO THE FINAL VISION PLAN DOCUMENT, GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO I'M TAKING A STEP BACK AND LOOKING AT OUR OVERALL AREA.

UM, WE BEGAN IN THE LAST ADMIN CHOCOLATE ROAD, JUST SOUTH OF STASSNEY AND THEN, UM, FALLING WITH THE CREEK.

WE MOVE EAST TO OUR FINAL BOUNDARY AT, UH, SOUTH CONGRESS AVENUE.

AND WHAT WE HAVE IS A SERIES OF WATERSHED PROTECTION

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OWNS FLOOD PLAIN BUYOUTS THAT HAVE BEEN DESCRIBED AS WELL AS, UM, PART NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WHEN I SPOKE TO THE FOUR VISION STATEMENTS FROM THE COMMITTEE AND CITY EARLIER ON, THIS IS WHAT I WAS REFERRING TO.

SO, UM, WE SEE THE FUTURE CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENWAY AS A RESTORED, UM, BIO DIVERSE GREENWAY, A COMMUNITY CENTER, GREENWAY AND ACCESSIBLE AND VISIBLE GREENWAY AND AN ACTIVE AND CONNECTED.

OKAY, CONTINUE, PLEASE.

SO NOW, UM, THESE ARE THE TOP IDEAS, UH, WHEN I TALKED ABOUT THAT IDEA PROCESS, UM, UH, WE, THESE ARE THE TOP IDEAS THAT WE HEARD FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT SHOULD REALLY, UM, BE A PART OF THIS GREENWAY VISION.

UM, YOU'LL NOTICE THAT THEY'RE COLOR CODED BASED ON THE COLOR CODING WE USE IN THE VISION STATEMENT.

UM, SOME THERE'S NOT AN EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF IDEAS THAT, UM, MANY IDEAS SERVE MULTIPLE PURPOSES, FOR EXAMPLE, UM, NATURE PLAY, UH, FIRST AND FOREMOST IS, UH, KIND OF A COMMUNITY CENTERED, UH, SUPPORT, BUT IT ALSO COULD BE CONSIDERED AN ACTIVITY.

SO AT THE SECONDARY USE THAT, YOU KNOW, HELP CREATE, UM, ACTIVE LIFESTYLE THROUGHOUT THE GREENWAY TO THE NEXT PLACE.

SO NOW I'M TAKING A LOOK AT THESE IS HOW WE APPLIED THE IDEAS AND CONCEPTS TO THE OVERALL VISION PLAN.

UM, BEGINNING AGAIN AT MIN CHAPA ON THE LOCK SCREEN AND MOVING INTO SOUTH CONGRESS AT THE RIGHT.

UM, YOU'LL SEE THAT MANY OF THE IDEAS ARE REPEATED.

SO THERE'S MULTIPLE INCENTIVES FOR PEOPLE THROUGHOUT NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES TO GET TO ENGAGE WITH THE GREENWAY AS WELL AS, UM, THREE MILES OF TRAIL AND A MOUNTAIN BIKE NETWORK AND A ON-STREET BIKE LANES THAT ALSO SERVE AS POTENTIAL HIGH WATER ROUTES DURING THIS.

YES, PLEASE.

UM, THINKING OF IMPLEMENTATION, WE'VE SEPARATED THE, UH, PROJECTS INTO THREE TIERS.

THESE TIERS ARE BASED ON, UM, THE IDEAS THAT I'VE SPOKE TO.

SO, UM, TIER ONE, UH, CONSISTS OF COMMUNITY LED COLLABORATIONS WITH THE CITY, UM, TIER TWO, OUR CITY, UH, CITY LAND OWNER PROJECTS THAT WOULD BE $50,000 OR LESS.

AND SOME OF THEM HAVE A COMPONENT FOR COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION AND VOLUNTEERISM.

AND FINALLY TIER THREE ARE, UM, MUCH LARGER SCALE PROJECTS, $50,000 INVOLVED.

AND THOSE FOCUS ON CONCEPTS LIKE LAND ACQUISITION ON THE ON-STREET BIKE LANES AND LARGE SCALE GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND YOU'LL NOTICE IF YOU LOOK AT THE DISTRIBUTION, WE'VE LISTED OUT WHICH IDEAS ALONG AND EACH YEAR, AND WE'VE REALLY FOCUSED ON THE MAJORITY OF THE IDEAS BEING IN TIER ONE TO HELP BRIDGE THAT CONTINUE THAT COMMUNITY AND CITY COLLABORATION ADVANCED TO THE NEXT PLACE.

UM, SO CONTINUING ON THIS TOPIC OF IMPLEMENTATION, UH, OUR EVALUATION OPINION ON PROBABLE COSTS WITH A VERY AFFORDABLE PLAN, PARTIALLY BECAUSE OF THIS GREAT, UH, VOLUNTEERISM AND COMMUNITY DRIVEN ASPECT OF THE PLAN.

SO OVERALL, UM, VALUE IS JUST ABOVE $2 MILLION, UM, WITH ALSO POTENTIAL AND THAT DOESN'T FACTOR IN POTENTIALS FOR GRANTS, UM, SUPPORT FROM A WONDERFUL ORGANIZATIONS LIKE OURS, AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION, AND, UM, SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES.

UM, NEXT PLEASE.

FINALLY, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT, UM, SOME OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABLE ASSETS, UM, ONE PIECE THAT WE'VE TRACKED THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS IS A POTENTIAL FOR THIS PROJECT TO BE A SUSTAINABLE SITE, WHICH IS, UM, ONE OF THE KIND OF, UM, FAST CERTIFICATIONS, UM, YOU KNOW, SHOWING OR DEMONSTRATING A SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE WITHIN A PROJECT.

SO THE VISION PLAN RIGHT NOW MEETS PRECERTIFICATION AND IT'S IMPLEMENTED, UM, WE FEEL THAT IT WOULD BE IN THE GOLD AND PLATINUM RANGE.

UM, AND THEN, UH, JUST TO FURTHER SUPPORT IT WITHIN THE VISION PLAN DOCUMENT WE'VE INCLUDED, UM, AN APPENDIX THAT CAN, UH, HAS MATERIALS AND PLANTS CRITERIA TO HELP BE A GUIDELINE FOR LARGE AND SMALL PROJECTS.

UM, MOVING FORWARD, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, NOW, UH, WE CAN OPEN IT UP FOR DISCUSSIONS.

I JUST WANT TO GIVE A FINAL PHOTO CREDIT TO SEE IF WE WENT OUT DURING OUR RECENT WINTER STORM TO GET THIS BEAUTIFUL, UH, NOEY PHOTO OF THE GREENWAY QUESTIONS.

I DON'T SEE ANYONE.

NOPE.

OH, THERE WE GO.

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YES.

HI, COMMISSIONER BARRY BIXLER.

UM, MY QUESTION IS WHAT WERE THE, UM, WAS THERE, UH, KIND OF AS BIG A SINGLE, LIKE LARGEST CONCERN FROM THE COMMUNITY, IF THERE WERE COMMUNITY CONCERNS, LIKE, DID YOU FIND A PATTERN OR I WOULD JUST, JUST CURIOUS IF THE COMMUNITY HAD ANY LIKE OBJECTIONS OR CONCERNS TO THIS, BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE A GREAT PROJECT.

SO, UM, WE HA WE HAVEN'T HAD, UH, IN TERMS OF CONCERNS FROM THAT IN THE BEGINNING, LIKE, UH, OR IT CONCERNS FOR FEEDBACK FROM THE FINAL, UH, FINAL PIECE OR KIND OF WHERE WE ARE NOW, I GUESS, THANK YOU A LITTLE TOO.

UM, IN AT LEAST IN THE ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, UH, WE HEARD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS AND CONCERNS AROUND INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS ALONG THE CREEK.

SO WE, UH, CONNECTED WITH THE OTHER ONE'S FOUNDATION, WHICH IS A LOCAL ORGANIZATION THAT WORKS TO SUPPORT UNSHELTERED INDIVIDUALS AND PROVIDE SERVICES, AND ALSO WORKS WITH THE CITY, UM, ON, ON PART IN WATERSHED LAND.

AND THEY CONNECTED US WITH SOMEBODY WITH LIVED EXPERIENCE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO BRING ONTO THE COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP, UM, AS OUR COMMUNITY MENTOR AND IN THAT PROCESS SINCE, UH, AND INVOLVING PEOPLE IN THE VISION PLANNING PROCESS.

SO WE WORKED WITH TO, TO GET ACCESS TO RESOURCES, TO PARTICIPATE IN, UH, OUR, WHEN, SINCE WE HAD TO DO EVERYTHING VIRTUALLY, UM, THEY HAD THE FACILITIES TO, UM, PROVIDE FOR THEM TO JOIN IN ON THE VIRTUAL CONVERSATIONS.

AND WE CONTINUED TO COLLABORATE WITH THEM, HOPING THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH IMPLEMENTATION, UM, WE CAN CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S A COMPLEX ISSUE.

IT'S HARD TO ADDRESS, AND IT TAKES EVERYBODY IN OUR DIFFERENT ROLES TO TRY TO, TO PROVIDE COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS AROUND THIS.

SO THAT IS SOMETHING THAT, THAT CAME UP IN OUR ENGAGEMENT PROCESS THAT CONTINUES TO, TO BE DISCUSSED.

SO, UM, WE'RE CONTINUING TO WORK WITH, UH, PARTNERS AND CITY FOLKS AND, UM, PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS.

THANKS.

CHAVONNE UM, I'VE HAD, SORRY, MY, I THINK MY AUDIO WASN'T VERY GOOD EARLIER, BUT I WOULD AGREE THAT'S THE TOP, UH, ONE OF THE TOP CONCERNS, I THINK, UM, OKAY.

LET ME IS, UM, THERE ARE A FEW AREAS WHERE WE HAVE, UM, PROPERTY THAT GOES DIRECTLY TO THE EDGE OF THE CREEK.

SO, UM, ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE ADDRESS THAT TO MAINTAIN CONNECTIVITY OR THE, THE HIGH WATER ROUTES I SPOKE TO, UM, SO THAT PEOPLE CAN CONTINUE TO FEEL CONNECTED, UM, REGARDLESS, YOU KNOW, UH, IT WOULD BE GREAT AND FUTURE IN THE FUTURE, IF WE CAN, THERE ARE ACQUISITIONS AND EASEMENTS THAT MAKE FULL CONNECTIVITY POSSIBLE AND THOSE SHORT STRETCHES, BUT WE WANTED TO PROVIDE IT REGARDLESS.

OTHER QUESTIONS.

YES.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

OKAY.

UM, I JUST HAD A COUPLE OF THINGS AND I GUESS THEY ARE ALONG THAT TOPIC.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO JUST POINT OUT SOME THINGS THAT I WOULD LIKE FOR PEOPLE TO CONSIDER WHEN THEY ARE GOING FORWARD WITH THIS.

IT'S REALLY FABULOUS.

AND I THANK EVERYBODY FOR THEIR EFFORTS.

NUMBER ONE, UM, I WOULD LIKE FOR PEOPLE TO CONSIDER CLEAN WATER, UH, VERSUS THE HOMELESS AND THE PARKS, THERE ARE COUPLE OF REASONS FOR THAT.

UM, IF PEOPLE ARE TOO CLOSE TO THE PARK, UM, IF THERE'S FLOODING, IT COULD CREATE A VERY BAD EMERGENCY.

UM, THE OTHER THING IS I KNOW THAT WE'RE ALL AWARE OF LIKE LAKE AUSTIN WITH THE BLUE-GREEN ALGAE, WHERE THE DOGS CAN'T SWIM, IT'S HARMFUL.

I KNOW THAT WE ALL KNOW THAT WHEN YOU GO TO BARTON SPRINGS, THEY SAY CERTAIN DAYS YOU CAN'T SWIM BECAUSE THERE'S A HIGH COUNT OF ECOLAB.

SO I'M NOT SURE THAT PEOPLE THAT ARE CAMPING THERE HAVE, UH, THE BENEFIT OR THE LUXURY OF KNOWING THAT PERHAPS THE CREEK ISN'T WHERE THEY SHOULD BE AT THAT TIME.

UM, I KNOW THAT I READ IT AND I UNDERSTAND THE RESETTLEMENT ISSUES WITH THE HOMELESS AND THE LOSS OF THEIR CLOTHING AND SO FORTH.

I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO WEIGH THAT AGAINST THE VS OF THE LOSS OF HABITAT FOR WILDLIFE, BECAUSE I KNOW IN MY PARK WE HAD A HERD OF DEER, WHICH WE NO LONGER HAVE BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE KILLED THE DEER FOR FOOD.

SO, UM, I THINK EVERYTHING

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NEEDS TO BE IN A BALANCE.

AND I AM NOT SPEAKING AGAINST THE HOMELESS.

I'M SAYING NUMBER ONE FOR FLOODING AND FOR WATER QUALITY.

UH, THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE NO IDEA.

THEY DON'T HAVE AN EMAIL THAT WE CAN SEND TO THEM.

SO IF YOU WERE GOING TO SAY THAT IT'S OKAY FOR PEOPLE TO CAMP THERE, ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY? IF THERE IS A FLOOD FOR THEM TO NOT KNOW THAT THEY ARE SAFE? SO WE, AND IF THE CREEK, UM, IF SO MANY PEOPLE CAN'T NEAR THE CREEK THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS DEGRADATED, UM, WE, WE JUST NEED TO FIGURE SOME OF THESE THINGS OUT AND, UM, ALSO THE LOSS OF HABITAT FOR THE WILDLIFE.

SO THOSE ARE THREE ISSUES THAT I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO PLEASE CONSIDER.

AND YOU DO NOT, HOPEFULLY HEAR ME SAYING THAT I AM AGAINST PEOPLE, UH, HAVING A PLACE TO LIVE, BUT I WOULD JUST LIKE FOR THEM TO BE SAFE, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S ON CITY PROPERTY.

THANK YOU.

DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? BOARD MEMBERS JUST AS A COMMISSIONER? RICK, I HAVE A CONCERN REGARDING, UH, FLOODING ALONG THE CREEK, UM, HAS BEEN MY EXPERIENCE IN THE BULL CREEK AREA THAT, UH, FLASH FLOODS, UH, HAVE DESTROYED PREVIOUS IMPROVEMENTS THAT, UH, HAVE BEEN MADE BY THE CITY ALONG THE PARKS.

AND, UH, IN REVIEWING MATERIALS THAT HAVE BEEN PROVIDED.

I SEE A LOT OF IMPROVEMENTS THAT ARE REALLY ADJACENT TO THE CREEK AND COULD BE AT RISK IN THE CASE OF A FLASH FLOOD.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE'RE GOING TO BE POURING A LOT OF, UH, EFFORT AND MONEY INTO THIS TYPE OF, UH, YOU KNOW, IMPROVEMENTS, WHICH, YOU KNOW, ARE GOOD AND EVERYTHING, BUT, UH, I'M CONCERNED ADEQUATE, UH, ATTENTION HAS NOT BEEN PAID TO THE FACT THAT, UM, THESE IMPROVEMENTS COULD BE WASHED AWAY WITH THE NEXT HEAVY RAINSTORM THAT MIGHT COME OUR WAY THIS SPRING OR IN THE FALL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

UM, HOW DO I MAKE SURE THAT THOSE CONCERNS HAVE BEEN AGGRESSED? AND THIS GETS BACK TO THE, UH, THE HOMELESS CONCERNS EARLIER, YOU KNOW, THE SAFETY OF PEOPLE LIVING NEAR THE CREEK, UM, YOU KNOW, CAN THEY BE ADEQUATELY INFORMED IN CASE OF, UH, YOU KNOW, A FLASH FLOOD, UH, EVENT THAT MIGHT COME ALONG? THANK YOU FOR ADDRESSING THOSE POINTS.

IF I MAY, I CAN SPEAK A LITTLE BIT TO THAT.

UM, WE, UH, AS FAR AS, UH, INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS ALONG THE GREENWAY, UM, WE, UH, ON BEHALF OF COMMUNITY POWERED WORKSHOP, FACILITATING THIS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROCESS, BELIEVE THAT IT'S MORE OF A SYSTEMS ISSUE RATHER THAN AN INDIVIDUALS, UH, ISSUE.

AND IT'S MOVING PEOPLE FROM PLACE TO PLACE ISN'T PART OF THESE SOLUTION.

AND SO WE'RE HOPING THAT THIS VISION PLAN CAN STILL PRESENT OPPORTUNITIES TO COLLABORATE ON WHAT MAY WORK.

AND, UM, SO IN REGARDS TO SAFETY OF PEOPLE ALONG THE GREEN WAY, WE TALKED ABOUT, CAN THERE BE A SYSTEM WITH WHETHER SIGNAGE OR, UH, LIKE RAISING A FLAG THAT A FLASH FLOOD IS ABOUT TO OCCUR? UM, BECAUSE YES, PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE THE SAME ACCESS TO RESOURCES, UH, AND COMMUNICATIONS THAT WE DO IN OUR, IN OUR PRIVILEGED POSITIONS.

SO, UM, CAN THERE BE A SYSTEM TO PROVIDE SAFETY FOR ALL? IT IS A COMPLEX CONVERSATION.

UM, BUT THE MORE THAT WE CAN, UH, YOU KNOW, NOT BE FEARFUL AND HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS AND, AND JUST FIGURE OUT SOLUTIONS FROM THE CITY SIDE, THE COMMUNITY SIDE, UM, YOUR ROLES AS COMMISSIONERS AND, AND SUPPORTING SOME OF THESE IDEAS IN THE VISION PLAN, THAT ADDRESS SOLUTIONS, THEN, THEN HOPEFULLY THAT CAN, UH, START TO OPEN UP SOME AVENUES FOR, FOR REAL SOLUTIONS.

ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS.

I HAVE ONE, BUT IS THERE ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE HAVE NOT MADAM CHAIR, WE ALSO HAVE TWO REGISTERED SPEAKERS ON THIS ITEM WHENEVER YOU WISH TO TAKE.

YES.

UM, WHAT I'M WONDERING, AND I TRIED TO LOOK AT THAT MAP, AND I GUESS MY EYES ARE BLOWN EVEN WITH BIFOCALS, BUT WHAT I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT IS HOW MANY MILES OF TRAIL FOR THE MOUNTAIN BIKES THAT Y'ALL WERE PLANNING.

AND ARE THERE ANY TRAILS GOING INTO ANY OF ANY SENSITIVE AREAS OF THE CREEK? AND I WANTED TO KNOW HOW Y'ALL ARE GOING TO, HOW ARE THE

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WALKING TRAILS IN THE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS GOING TO INTERACT? UM, ABSOLUTELY.

SO WE HAVE, UM, I GUESS WE, WE SEPARATED THE MOUNTAIN BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN TRAIL, UH, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

SO, UM, THEY'RE, THEY'RE DISTINCT FROM EACH OTHER AND WE RECOMMENDED, UM, SIGNAGE TO INDICATE, UH, ALSO THEY'RE SEPARATE NETS, UM, JUST TO HELP PROTECT THE CLASHES THAT CAN HAPPEN.

UM, ALL OF THE TRAILS ARE, UH, UH, WE, WE HAD A REALLY WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO GO OUT AND THAT IN CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES ALONG THE GREENWAY WITH WATERSHED PROTECTION AND WE INCLUDED A 50 FOOT BUFFER, UM, AWAY FROM THOSE THOUGH.

UM, THEY'RE THE ONLY TWO CIRCUMSTANCES I BELIEVE, UH, WITHIN THE VISION PLAN WHERE WE LOOKED AT, UH, ASKING FOR NATURE TRAIL OR EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO GO CLOSER THAN 50 FEET TO THOSE CRITICAL ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES, BUT OTHERWISE, UH, THEY THEY'RE ALL SET BACK FROM THERE.

TWO THAT'S GREAT NEWS.

UM, BEFORE WE GO TO OUR SPEAKERS, THE LAST THING I DO WANT TO COMMENT ON IS THAT I DID READ AN EMAIL EARLIER TODAY FROM A NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP THAT, UM, WANTS TO CONTINUE TO BE INCLUDED WITH THIS PROCESS AND HEARING ALL OF THIS BRIEFING.

IT SOUNDS LIKE Y'ALL ARE CONTINUED THIS INCLUSIVENESS WITH NEIGHBORS AND NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS.

AND SO OF COURSE, WE JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE THAT TO, TO PROCEED SO WE CAN NOW GO TO OUR SPEAKERS.

UM, CHRIS, HOW WE BRING THE SPEAKERS ON? YES, MA'AM, WE'LL GET THEM LOADED.

MICHAEL FOSSUM YOU'LL BE FIRST AND YOU'LL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

ONE MOMENT, I GUESS, MICHAEL, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO UNMUTE AND BEGIN SPEAKING.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? WE CAN'T.

MY NAME IS MICHAEL FOSSUM.

I'M WITH THE AUSTIN HERITAGE TREE FOUNDATION, AND I LIVE IN SOUTH AUSTIN IN THE BATTLEBORN SPRINGS NEIGHBORHOOD.

I WOULD ASK THAT YOU PLEASE DELAY APPROVAL OF THE PLAN AND ASSIGN IT TO THE TREE GROUP OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE COMMISSION FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION.

THE DELAY IS NECESSARY TO ADDRESS POSSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE TO THE CREEK.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE CONCERNED.

THE DESIGN OF THE PROJECT APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN BY A PARD PLAN OR NOT DAN WILLIAMS, PARDON NATURE TRAIL GROUP MANAGER.

WE HAVE MET WITH MS. WILLIAMS ON PROPOSED TRAILS IN THE WILLIAMSON CREEK GREEN BELL, AND THE GUIDELINES WE RE REVIEWED WITH HER WOULD NOT RESULT IN THE CURRENT PLAN.

IT LOOKS LIKE, UH, IT IS PROPOSED TO USE THE DRY CREEK BED AS PART OF THE TRAIL.

THIS CAN DEGRADE THE CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKERS LOVE TO GO OFF TRAIL.

SO YOU'D SOON SEE TRAILS BRANCHING OFF THE CREEK BED CAUSING EROSION.

THE TRAIL SHOWS MULTIPLE PATHS AND LOOPS A SINGLE TRAIL WOULD BE SUFFICIENT WITHOUT CROWDING OUT WILDLIFE AND PRESERVE GREENBELT AREA AND CREEK BANKS, MOUNTAIN BIKING AREAS, AND ATTRACTED NUISANCE.

AS THE MOUNTAIN BIKERS ARE WELL-KNOWN FOR RIDING FAR OUTSIDE DESIGNATED AREAS, DESIGN THE TRAIL TO KEEP USERS ON THE DESIGNATED TRACK.

AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AMENITIES SHOULD NOT BE PUT IN FLOOD PRONE AREAS OR FLOOD PLAIN AREAS.

RATHER, THIS WAS A DISASTER, A HORSESHOE FALLS ON BULL CREEK IN 2013 AMENITIES AND THREE HERITAGE TREES THAT HAD BEEN RECENTLY AREA WERE WASHED AWAY BY A FLOOD THAT WAS INTENSIFIED BY THE CHANGES THAT HAD BEEN MADE, CHANGING CLOTHES AND CREEKS CAN HAVE, HAS SEVERE CONSEQUENCES.

THANK YOU.

UNLESS THERE ARE QUESTIONS FOR THAT SPEAKER.

WE CAN MOVE TO OUR SECOND SPEAKER ZOLA VEGA.

YOU WILL ALSO HAVE THREE MINUTES, SO YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO UNMUTE AND SPEAK.

OKAY.

MRS. SILA, WAIT.

I'M MCKENNA.

I, WE LIVE RIGHT CAUSE THE EAST OF WHERE THE PLAN AND WE HAD A NEIGHBORHOOD AND WE HAD CONTACT TEAM CALLED EAST CONGRESS TEAM.

AND WE DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS PLAN AND WERE VERY UPSET ABOUT IT BECAUSE WHATEVER HAPPENS AS A TEAM IS GOING TO AFFECT US DOWNSTREAM.

WE ALSO HAVE BEEN IN A LOT OF COMMUNICATION IN THE PROCEDURES WITH THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF SASS, WITH HARDWOOD, AND THEY KNOW THAT WE'RE VERY INTERESTED ON THE ACTIVITIES ON THE CREEK.

UH, NEIGHBORHOODS ARE OPPOSED TO A LOT OF EXCESSIVE TRAILS, MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS, AND LICK CREEK.

SO WE HAVE NEVER BEEN INCLUDED.

I HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS WAS HAPPENING UNTIL YESTERDAY.

I THINK I'M ASKING THAT YOU PLEASE DELAY THIS SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON THE PLAN.

WELL, THAT'S WHY YOU MEAN MORE THAN ANYTHING.

IT'S, THAT'D BE WORRISOME THIS SALES FOR YEARS, SINCE 2014, I WAS A MEMBER OF THE URBAN

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TALES CITIZEN ADVISORY GROUP IN MY STUDY, ALL THE ISSUES.

THOSE WERE URBAN SALES WITH CONCRETE, BUT THOSE ISSUES ARE SIMILAR WITH NATURE TRAILS.

THEY'RE GOING TO BE MAINTAINED BY VOLUNTEERS.

THEY'RE ALL OVER THE CREEK LIST.

NOT JUST ONE SALE IS TRAILS WITH CIRCLES AND FEEDERS.

THEN THEY SEND THAT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STEEP SLOPE.

IT'S NOT A MATTER OF JUST LOOKING FOR THE CES.

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT AREAS SINCE THE SAME AREAS, LIKE THE STEEP SLOPE OF A TREE OR THE DRY BED OF A CREEK, EVEN ANY MARGIN AUSTIN, THEY SAY WAVING GLAZE.

THE GREENBELTS COULD BE GREEN GREENWAYS, BUT IT HAD TO BE A BALANCE WITH WILDLIFE AND TREES.

WE TALKED TO DAN WILLIAMS AND SHE SAID, NO, ALL THESE NATURE TRAILS GO THROUGH SOME GUIDELINES.

AND THOSE GUIDELINES ARE, WE TRIED TO JUST HAVE ONE TRAIL.

WE DON'T GO ON BOTH SIDES OF THE TREE.

WE DON'T GO IN CIRCLES.

WE DON'T GO ON PETERS AGAIN.

REMEMBER THAT THESE ARE GOING TO BE MAINTAINED BY VOLUNTEERS FOR SLOT.

EVERYTHING IS WASHED OUT.

YOU HAVE TO START ALL OVER AGAIN.

BUT WHEN HE GETS WASHED OUT, ALL OF THAT STUFF GOES DOWNSTREAM AND DAMAGES ALL THE TREES ALL THE WAY WITH ALL THE ROCKS AND EVERYTHING.

SO IT AFFECTS US AND WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN INCLUDED, BUT WE HAVE NO IDEA.

SO PLEASE GIVE US A CHANCE TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK ON THIS PLAN.

NOT LATER BECAUSE I KNOW THE STORY VERY WELL.

THEY'RE SAYING, OH YES, THIS IS JUST THE FOOTPRINT.

AND IT'S GOING TO CHANGE AS TIME GOES BY.

I KNOW THIS IS THE BASIS OF THE PLAN AND WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE ANY COMMENTS.

SO PLEASE ALLOW US TO HAVE SOME COMMENTS OR DON'T APPROVE IT TODAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

MAY I, I WOULD, MAY I SPEAK, UM, I WOULD LOVE TO GET HER CONTACT INFORMATION SO THAT WE, WE MAY, UH, BE ABLE TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH OUTREACH AND I APOLOGIZE THAT WE NEED, UM, WE'RE NOT IN COMMUNICATION ON THAT.

WE, UH, WITH THE PANDEMIC HAD LIMITED CAPACITY ON SOME OF OUR OUTREACH AND NOT BEING ABLE TO VISIT THING PEEP ORGANIZATIONS IN PERSON.

UM, AND WE DID LOSE A CRITICAL PARTNER WITH THE NATURE CONSERVANCY DUE TO BUDGET CUTS WITH COVID-19.

UM, SO NOT EXCUSING THAT AT ALL.

UH, I THINK THAT NONE OF THIS IS SET IN STONE AND THERE'S OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE MOVING FORWARD.

AND WE'LL SAY THAT IT DID INCLUDE, UM, THE SOUTH AUSTIN COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN AND SOUTH EAST COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN ALONG WITH OTHER CITY-WIDE PLANS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE GREENWAY VISION PLAN.

UM, SO IF I CAN SOMEHOW GET, UH, HER CONTACT INFORMATION, UM, THEN WE CAN SEE HOW, WHAT FEEDBACK CAN BE SHARED AND, UM, WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE MOVING FORWARD.

UH, COULD YOU ALSO MENTION YOUR TIMELINE, WHAT WHAT'S NEXT, YOU'RE AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION SO THAT, UH, THESE CITIZENS KNOW HOW QUICKLY THIS IS MOVING FORWARD.

SO NEXT WE PRESENT AT THE PARKS AND RECREATION BOARD ON APRIL 27TH.

UM, THIS IS FOR REVIEW THAT COMMISSION, UH, BOARD MEETING IS FOR ADOPTION.

UH, AND THEN FROM THERE IT'S MOVING FORWARD WITH IDEAS AS THE COMMUNITY WANTS THROUGH THIS, WE'RE OFFERING A COMMUNITY GRANT TO SUPPORT SMALL IMPLEMENTATION PROJECTS FROM TIER ONE.

AND THOSE WILL BE LIKE, CLAIRE WAS TALKING ABOUT COMMUNITY LED, VOLUNTEER LED WITH COLLABORATION, WITH LAND MANAGERS AT THE CITY.

UM, SO THAT THAT'S THE, IN THE NEAR FUTURE, UH, NEXT STEPS.

UM, BUT WE DO WANT TO, TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL VOICES ARE HEARD AND I DO APOLOGIZE FOR THAT OVERSIGHT.

UM, WE DEFINITELY HAD A LEARNING CURVE IN TRYING TO PIVOT EVERYTHING VIRTUALLY AND, UH, AND WE, WE WOULD LIKE TO STAY IN TOUCH MOVING FORWARD AND, YOU KNOW, DISCUSS WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE TODAY.

I'D LIKE TO ADD, UH, SOMETHING IF I CAN.

I JUST WANT TO REITERATE THAT, UM, WE, WE WILL REQUIRE, UH, FOR ANYTHING ON OUR PROPERTY FOR, FOR THAT, UH, THOSE PROPOSALS TO GO THROUGH ANOTHER ROUND OF ENGAGEMENT, UM, AND OBTAIN MORE FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY.

AND, UM, WE DID MAKE SURE DURING THIS PROCESS THAT PARTICIPANTS WERE AWARE OF THE PROCESSES REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT SOME OF THESE AND THAT, UM, THESE ARE IDEAS THAT WE'LL THEN HAVE TO GO THROUGH, UM, A PROCESS WHERE THERE MIGHT BE CERTAIN CONSTRAINTS AND WE MIGHT HAVE TO, UH, DO SOME INTENSE, SOME CONSULTING WITH THE FLOODPLAIN OFFICE TO GET SOMETHING TO WHERE IT IS ACTUALLY, UM, APPROPRIATE, UM, IN A CERTAIN, ON A CERTAIN PROPERTY.

AND SO, UM, PRIOR TO IMPLEMENTING ANYTHING, UH, I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE IT'S KNOWN THAT WE WILL BE

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FOLLOWING THOSE PROCESSES AS WELL.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

OKAY.

HI.

I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU WOULD ADD, UH, UM, UH, MARIO CAN TOO.

I THINK THAT'S WHO YOU WERE REFERRING TO.

LINDA, YOU SENT US AN EMAIL, UM, HE'S WITH THE SOUTH CONGRESS COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN CONTACT TEAM, AND THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE ON YOUR LIST OF PEOPLE TO, UM, BE INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS AND MADE AWARE OF THE PLAN, PLEASE.

YES.

I REACHED OUT TO HIM, THANK YOU FOR, UH, MAKING THAT AWARE, MAKING US AWARE OF THAT.

OKAY.

ANY FURTHER DISCUSSIONS, COMMISSIONERS, UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT, AND THE RECOMMENDATION, UH, W WE COULD, I COULD SUPPORT THIS.

IF WE SAY SOMETHING TO THE FACT THAT BETWEEN NOW AND THE 27TH, THAT THE, UM, A WORKSHOP OR, UH, UH, A SESSION WITH SPECIFIC PEOPLE THAT FELT THEY'D BEEN LEFT OUT IN THE PROCESS THAT THEY, UM, SOMEHOW CONTACT THEM AND GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO ENSURE THAT, THAT THE CITIZENS THAT WE'VE HEARD FROM PHIL INCLUDED IN THIS SCOPE OF WORK.

UH, AND THAT WOULD BE GREAT IF THAT COULD HAPPEN PRIOR TO THE PORK'S BOARD MEETING, BUT COMMERCIAL THOMPSON, I JUST WANTED TO MENTION ONE MORE THING.

I KNOW A LOT OF THESE PLACES ARE IN FEMA FLOOD PLAIN.

SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THOSE RULES.

OKAY.

SO WE ARE ON AGENDA ITEM THREE, A, UH, IT'S A CONSIDERATION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ITEM FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONERS.

DO WE HAVE A MOTION WITH DECIDING I'M SURE I HAVE A MOTION THAT'S UNDER PRESS RIGHT NOW.

UM, LET'S, LET'S GIVE YOU A MINUTE TO CRAFT SOMETHING WHEN YOU'RE READY.

AND MADAM CHAIR, WE JUST WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT OUR NEW COMMISSIONER BRIMMER HAS JOINED US, AND HE'S BEEN HERE FOR THIS ITEM, BUT JUST TO NOTE THAT THANK YOU AND CORN IS CHOOSING.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

UM, I HAVE A RECOMMENDATION, MADAM CHAIR, IF YOU'RE READY.

YES, SIR.

RIGHT ON AGENDA ITEM THREE, A CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENWAY VISION PLAN.

BUT AS OUR MALL COMMISSION RECOGNIZES, THE CENTRAL WILLIAMSON CREEK PROJECT TEAM HAS BEEN DEVELOPING A VISION PLANS TO JUNE, 2024, THE WILLIAMSON WILLIAMSON CREEK BETWEEN MEN CHAKA ROAD AND SOUTH CONGRESS IN SOUTH AUSTIN.

WHEREAS THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOGNIZES THE DRAFTS INCLUDES THREE TIERS OF ENGAGEMENT AND IMPLEMENT FROM TIER ONE, WHICH ARE COMMUNITY LED TIER TWO, WHICH ARE CITY OF AUSTIN PROJECTS, LESS THAN $50,000 AND TIER THREE, WHICH ARE CITY OF AUSTIN PROJECTS, MORE THAN $50,000.

UM, THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONER RECOMMENDS SUPPORT CONTROL WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENWAY VISION PLAN WITH THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS.

I HAVE THREE, THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDS THAT THE SOUTH CONGRESS COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN CONTACT TEAM BE INVOLVED IN FUTURE STUDIES, INPUT FEEDBACK, AND WORKING GROUPS RELATED TO THE WILLIAMSON CREEK GREENBELT.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDS REACHING OUT TO NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS, UPSTREAM AND DOWNSTREAM OF THIS SECTION OF WILLIAMSON CREEK.

AND TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT, PRACTICABLE MEETING WITH THESE GROUPS PRIOR TO THE PARKS BOARD LATER THIS MONTH, AND THE THIRD ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDS THAT TRAILS AND IMPROVEMENTS AVOID TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PRACTICABLE CES, AND 50 FOOT SETBACKS AROUND THESE FEATURES.

ALRIGHT, I HAVE A MOTION.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? SECOND? YOU HAVE A SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER BEDFORD.

ANY OTHER FURTHER DISCUSSION? I'M GOING OUT INTO ROLL CALL COMMISSIONER KRILL.

COMMISSIONER THOMPSON.

YES.

COMMISSIONER BARRETT.

BIXLER.

YES.

COMMISSIONER LAMBERG YES.

YES.

COMMISSIONER GUERRERO.

YES.

COMMISSIONER BREMMER.

YES.

COMMISSIONER BEDFORD.

YES.

A MOTION CARRIES ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX.

OH, THANK Y'ALL SO MUCH.

WE APPRECIATE Y'ALL COMING TO

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US TONIGHT.

HAPPY TRIALS.

DEFINITELY.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONERS.

ALL RIGHT.

WE'RE HAPPY YOU HAVE JOINED US COMMISSIONER, UH, BREMMER, AND WE WILL GET A LITTLE SHORT INTRODUCTION TO YOU AT THE END OF THE MEETING BEFORE WE ADJOURN TONIGHT.

ALL RIGHT, MOVING ON.

[3b. Watershed Protection Department’s Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Forecast and Capital Improvement Program Plan]

WE HAVE NEXT, UH, ITEM THREE, B WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENTS, FISCAL YEAR 2021, 2022 FORECASTS AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM PLAN.

DO WE HAVE SOMEONE TO PRESENT THAT GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR? MY NAME IS .

I'M THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT.

WE ARE GOING TO PULL UP THE PRESENTATION AND I, ALONG WITH A COUPLE OF TEAM MEMBERS WILL PRESENT THE PRESENTATION TODAY.

WONDERFUL.

ARE WE MET? READY? MADAM CHAIR? YES, PLEASE PROCEED.

OKAY.

WELL, GOOD EVENING ONCE AGAIN, COMMISSIONERS.

UH, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY.

I KNOW WE HAVE A BUSY AGENDA, SO WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO GO THROUGH OUR PRESENTATION PRETTY QUICKLY.

SO I'M GOING TO DO A QUICK OVERVIEW.

WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

I WANT TO START OFF BY SAYING THANK YOU FOR THE FEEDBACK YOU PROVIDED US LAST YEAR, WHEN WE PRESENTED THE BUDGET, THAT WAS THE FIRST YEAR THAT WE PRESENTED IN THIS FORMAT, THIS REMOTE MODE, THIS COVID MODE, RIGHT? AND WE PRERECORDED IT.

I WASN'T ABLE TO MAKE THE MEETING, BUT I WATCHED THE MEETING AND THE FEEDBACK WAS VERY VALUABLE.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT FEEDBACK.

AND TONIGHT WE LOOK FORWARD FOR THE ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK YOU WILL PROVIDE US.

UH, EARLIER THIS MONTH, WE MET WITH SOME OF THE COMMISSIONERS, UH, PREVIEWS UP, UH, THE PRESENTATION.

WE GOT SOME FEEDBACK FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE PRESENTATION.

I'M GOING TO GO RIGHT INTO SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THE COMMISSIONERS ASKED US TO COVER, AND I'M GOING TO COVER THE HIGH LEVEL OF FOCUS ON THE BUDGETARY STANDPOINT, BUT AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION, WE'LL TAKE ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS THAT YOU WANT TO ASK US AS WELL.

UH, AFTER THAT, I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO A WHO'S OUR CHIEF FINANCIAL MANAGER SHE'LL COVER THE MISSION AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE, THE OPERATIONAL FINANCIAL FORECAST.

AND SHE'LL ALSO SHARE WITH YOU THE NEW STAFFING REQUESTS THAT WE HAVE AFTER SHE CONCLUDES HER PRESENTATION.

SHE'LL TURN IT OVER TO ERIN WOOD.

WHO'S GOING TO PRESENT ON THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, WHICH SHE'LL SHARE SOME PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS AND SOME RESOURCES WITH YOU AS WELL.

AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE ENTIRE PRESENTATION, WE'LL BE OPEN FOR QUESTIONS.

SO THANK YOU.

UH, IF WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THE FIRST QUESTION THAT WE WERE ASKED, UH, WHEN WE HAD OUR MEETING WAS A WINTER STORMS THEORY, URI, AS WE KNOW, THIS WAS A STORM, A WINTER STORM EVENT THAT UNLIKE ANY OTHER THAT WE HAD EXPERIENCED AND THE QUESTION WASN'T WHAT KIND OF IMPACT THEY HAD ON OUR DEPARTMENT, UH, AS IT RELATES TO, UM, CAPITAL PROJECTS, UM, PRETTY MUCH THAT WEEK OF THE STORM EVENT, UH, THE WHOLE CITY SHUT DOWN AS WE ALL KNOW.

AND SO NONE OF OUR PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD DURING THAT WEEK, CAUSE EVEN CONTRACTORS COULDN'T MOVE FORWARD, BUT A FOLLOWING, UM, THE, THE MAIN PART OF THE WINTER STORM CONTRACT CONTRACTORS WENT BACK TO WORK.

AND SO WE, WE SAW MINIMAL IMPACT ON OUR CAPITAL PROJECTS SO FAR, UH, AS IT RELATES TO OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE, UH, WE DID REDIRECT OUR STAFF FOR THE MOST PART TO ASSIST, UH, WITH THE RECOVERY AND ASSIST WITH THE DISASTER RELIEF.

ALSO DURING THE STORM AND AFTER THE STORM, A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF WATERSHED STAFF HAVE VOLUNTEERED, AND WE'RE PROUD TO SEE THAT WORK JUST LIKE EVERYBODY